Houston Chronicle

Clashes in Sudan leave scores dead, including kids


CAIRO — Tribal clashes between Arabs and nonArabs in Sudan’s West Darfur province killed around 130 people over the weekend, including children and women, doctors and an aid worker said Monday. Authoritie­s In South Darfur, meanwhile, reported dozens of casualties from ethnic fighting in that province.

The latest violence in West Darfur grew out of a fistfight Friday in a camp for displaced people in Genena, the provincial capital, and then escalated, lasting until Sunday.

The clashes, between members of the Arab Rizeigat tribe and the non-Arab Massalit tribe, displaced at least 50,000 people, according to the United Nations.

The doctors’ committee in the province said the clashes killed at least 129 people and wounded 189 others, including newborn babies. Among the dead was a U.S. citizen, Saeed Baraka, from Atlanta, who was visiting family in Darfur.

The committee, which called the violence “unpreceden­ted,” said the casualty toll was likely to increase.

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